How to gain weight while having a very active lifestyle

posted 7 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I’m 5’9″ and weigh on average between 113-120 pounds. It’s sad, and it is ridiculously hard for me to gain weight. I have been trying to build muscle, but lose weight in the process so i have more muscle now, but  weigh the same. I’ve bene like this my entire life, and I eat like 3-5 times a day. I consume a lot of protein and carbs and calories. I dont eat as much junk food as i used to, but i still go for a bag of chips, or fresh baked cookies from time to time. 

 

Our metabolisms are fast, and its nto easy. I think we just need to stya consistent in a lot of preotein and gaining muscle weight so we will also appear fuller, but opting ou of a lot of cardio exercises liek going for runs, that will just slim you more :/

ETA: Id say try to eat less junk, and instead fill up on foods that will fill you up. Junk food you will digest and be hungry for snacks every hour or so. Choose thicker/denser in protein foods. I eat a lot of staks and meats but also fish, and beans, and potaotes, and pastas. I eat a lot of vegetables as a snack, as well as fruits. But i still incorporate junk food in there haha

Good luck to us!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I am a  licensed personall trainer and nutritionist. I have clients from elderly stroke victims, teens with eating disorders, high level athletes and body builders. And mostly, regular people!,

You can maintain your current activity. Up protein add more healthy fats. Choose more nutrient dense foods is the easiest way. Things that have alot of caloric density, and healthy micronutrients. 

I can do a free assessment and provide recommendations if you would like. No prob. 

Not trying to sell you anything. Lol  you can pm me . 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

bctoquebec :  Based on my stats in my message above, what do you suggest I do? Can you message me?

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I switched everything to the full fat version, including going for the creamy jersey milk. I tried drinking more milk, eating more eggs and avocados and adding more olive oil when cooking.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

motherofkittens :   those things are good in terms of just adding more overall calories, but they are all from fat. It’s best to ensure the calories are coming from a variety of sources in ratios to nurture the body. All calories are not created equal. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Have you ever had your thyroid looked into by chance? You could also have hyperthyroidism.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

I personally think high-calorie shakes are the easiest way to pack on pounds – usually unwittingly, but in your situation it would be intentional. For example:

  • protein powder (150-250 cal)
  • banana (100 cal)
  • 10 oz whole-fat milk (180 cal)
  • peanut butter (100-200 cal)
  • chia seeds (100 cal)
  • strawberries for taste (50 cal)

So that would be approx. 680-880 calories, in a normal shake, with protein, carbs and fat. Not a nutritionist, but I’ve seen many people trying to LOSE weight go way wrong with shakes and gain weight like crazy.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

sarahvans :  there are three types of thyroid issues. Hyper meaning over active, Hypo meaning underactive (the one that makes losing weight hard so overweight) and Hashimoto’s (spelling?) where your theyroid will be hyper and hypo with no consistency.

People with hyperthyroidism find it hard to gain weight as it’s so active, but of course there is medication to regulate it.

Not saying this is the cause but something to think about/get checked in case.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Have you looked into weight gainer shakes? Mean who are looking to gain muscle weight often drink these. They have about 900-1000 calories per shake and loads of protein and trust me, they work!

ETA: Wanted to add the brand that is awesome – Rule1 proteins. They have great flavors and are healthy weight gainer shakes. My ex used them all the time and would put some fruit and peanut butter with full fat milk in them.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

What do you do that you walk 10 miles a day?!?! I am a VERY active nanny, but I only clock between 9,000 and 11,000 steps per (work) day. That is NOTHING compared to your 20,000 steps!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

 You should speak with your Dr about this and get their guidance.

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